The Sinking of the S.S. Innocence, 2010

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The Sinking of the S.S. Innocence, 2010

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steel and paint

Artist Statement

The Sinking of the S.S. Innocence is one of a series of works exploring the relationship between violent childhood play and adult war fighting. My subjects arrive from toys and games which I played with as a child. My search looks to find connections between kid’s play and war in America. We seem to have this myth of patriotism that allows children to simulate violent acts as long as they have a legitimized enemy. Changing the scale of toys and game pieces, as well as altering their materials, allows us to remove the object from its “toy” status and confront it in other contextual situations.

 

Artist Biography: Jason Sandberg

Born in Decatur, Illinois in 1973, Jason Sandberg grew up in a rural farm community. The son of a truck driver and a grain company employee, he was surrounded by farm machinery, tractors, semi-trucks and trains. Without plans for college, Sandberg entered the Air National Guard after finding out that he could be a jet-engine mechanic. After six military deployments overseas, Jason moved to Edwardsville, Illinois to attend college at Southern Illinois University. Sandberg earned a MFA degree at the University of Wisconsin- Madison in 2012. He currently lives and works in Springfield, Illinois.

 

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